Mystics re-sign G Ariel Atkins to multi-year extension

The Washington Mystics re-signed guard Ariel Atkins to a multi-year extension with the group reliable in 2022. Regards to the offer were not revealed.

The 5-foot-8 guard is coming off a 2020 season in which she set profession highs in points per video game (14.8), rebounds per video game (2.9), helps per video game (2.4) and takes per video game (1.8). She likewise published profession highs by shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from the 3-point line and 88.6 percent from the free-throw line.

“Ariel has been a great contributor to our success from the time she stepped on the court her rookie year,” Washington coach Mike Thibault stated in a declaration.

“Her growth as a player and a leader over her first three seasons has been important to our growth as a team. Her leadership on and off the court during last summer’s trying season was impressive and we are excited to watch her continued improvement as a player over the next several years.

“Ariel is an exceptional good example and agent of the Mystics in the D.C. neighborhood and this is a crucial next advance for us.”

Washington took Atkins seventh overall in the 2018 WNBA Draft. She played a major role in leading the Mystics to berths in the WNBA Finals in each of her first two seasons, culminating with the team’s first title in 2019. She has made the league’s All-Defensive Team in each of her first three seasons in the WNBA.

The Mystics finished the regular season 9-13 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Phoenix Mercury in 2020. Her three-year playoff averages include 11.4 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game.

“Coach T, everybody in the Mystics company, and Significant Sports & Home entertainment as a whole have actually provided me every chance to grow,” Atkins said in a statement. “I likewise get to play in front of the most enthusiastic and electrifying fans in the WNBA. I think in what we do here, that’s why I signed an extension with the Mystics.”

–Field Level Media

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.